You can reduce the amount of waste you produce at home by:
- Only buying what you need and will use
- Using a compost bin or worm farm for all food scraps and garden waste
- Putting a 'No Junk Mail' sticker on your letterbox
- Taking re-useable bags when you go shopping
- Buying loose fruit and vegetables or reusable produce bags
- Buying food with no packaging or where you can purchase it in your own container
- Choosing to buy items with the least amount of recyclable packaging
- Not using disposable products at home
- Returning soft plastic packaging to Coles or Woolworths
- Using bubbles, flags or bunting instead of plastic balloons
- Avoid using a straw and simply drink straight from the cup or bottle
- Opt out of receiving phone books
- Turn off lights and electrical appliances when not needed.
Many products and materials can be used again. For example:
- Take re-useable bags when you go shopping
- Drink your coffee at the cafe or use a reusable takeaway coffee cup
- Taking your own reusable water bottle, coffee cup and cutlery
- Use cloth handkerchiefs
- Use rechargeable batteries
- Reuse glass jars to store and freeze food
- Cardboard boxes can be used more than once
- For tips on how to re-use clothing, furniture and toys that are in good condition, see Donate, or sell unwanted household items.
Buying products containing recycled materials further reduces your impact on the environment.
You can buy the following products made from recycled materials:
- mulch made from recycled organic material - available from the Green waste recycling facility
- paper products like toilet paper and tissues made from recycled clean office paper are available in your local supermarket
- compost bins and worm farms that contain recycled plastic
- recycled rubber computer mouse mats
- recycled plastic playground equipment
Many recycled products can be found in your local supermarket.